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Small weekend satisfactions

-Beautiful, flat water for rowing on Saturday morning

-Fall *does* happen in the Bay Area. It just happens in November, and isn't nearly as dramatic as elsewhere. I love the colors on the maple trees in our front yard, although red leaves are my favorite.

Fall colors in the front yard

I spent four hours doing labwork on Saturday for a wrap-up project. I derived a small bit of consolation from getting to have lunch at the Free Speech Movement Cafe. I'll miss it.

Final Coffeeneuring trip: Free Speech Movement Cafe

-Thanksgiving is coming. Are you ready? I am enjoying making cooking plans with my sister and our friend MR. We make for a good Thanksgiving team. This year, we will get to use my grandma's china for our feast, which pleases me because it's one more thing I am going to be lugging around, now.

For some of the initial preparations, I made some Mushroom Essence, and cut up and roasted one of the two beautiful fairytale pumpkins [personal profile] sytharin grew this year.

Do you think we'll have enough pumpkin puree?

Output from one fairytale pumpkin

Also, it smells AMAZING. Time to make pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin scones, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin curry, pumpkin pizza...

-My vanilla bean orchid had been outgrowing its moss-covered stake. So on Sunday morning, I bent a piece of hardware cloth into a cylinder, then wrapped it in moss.

Repotted vanilla bean orchid
Compost bucket for scale.

Hopefully this arrangement will work for a while. When the vine reaches the top of this post, I'll probably re-wrap it around in a spiral. Early on the plant made it VERY clear to me that it didn't like being spiral-wrapped, probably because the backside doesn't get quite enough sunlight. But maybe now that it's larger it will be okay.

And other than these things, my project list is looking kinda manageable, for a change. It's a good thing because there are a lot of other things wanting attention these days.

Time to do cricket care.

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